5 Awesome Recipes to Nourish Your Mind Body And Soul
Whether you’re working long hours, travelling or just not feeling the vibe, it’s too easy to slip into bad habits with your diet.
From my personal experience, I can testify that bad habits with your diet have a massive impact on your health and happiness.
Throughout the last year of my degree, roughly 90% of my diet was made up of chips, running across the street to Coffee Lab in the early hours and whatever vegan ready meal I could find in the nearest supermarket. Couple this with studying and working an average of 18 hours daily, and a massive lack of sleep, you have a real recipe for disaster.
During a particular month before a submission date, I vividly remember my diet taking a beating, and substituting sleep for the ever notorious ProPlus caffeine pills, taken daily.
It didn’t come as a surprise that following my submission, my already ill-health had declined to the point I spent four days in and out of the hospital.
Since graduating, I’ve come to realise how my mind body and soul become *so* much happier and healthier by feeding it the right foods, that help nourish from within. It is *so* important to prioritise your health.
It doesn’t have to be about eating organic only, cutting complete food groups out of your diet, or taking an intermittent fasting approach to your diet.
What matters is that you’re eating foods that make you feel good, that contain the right nutrients your body needs.
So here are some of our favourite recipes, that help us keep our mind, body and soul nourished.
**Disclaimer - we are not dieticians, and this should not be taken as medical advice. Speak to your GP or other health professionals if you need support with your diet and health**
With just under half of the Cone Squad being vegan, you can bet that we love experimenting with all of the different sources of plant-based protein.
There’s a common misconception that eating a vegan diet doesn’t provide you with the right nutrients you need, but we firmly believe that by eating a balanced diet of food that makes you feel good from the inside out, you can get more than enough proteins, vitamins and other necessary nutrients into your diet easily.
One of the best sources of vegan protein is, yes you guessed it, beans.
This black bean and squash chilli by Madeleine Shaw is one of my go-to recipes when I need some comfort food, and with black beans containing a massive 21g of protein per 100g, you’re well on your way to nourishing your mind body and soul.
We all know that omega’s 3 6 and nine all have essential health benefits to our bodies.
What you may not know is that it’s just as important to get the right balance of omegas into our diets.
Omega-3 fatty acids cannot be produced by the human body, and are therefore referred to as ‘essential fats’. Omega-3 supports mental health, improve your heart health, play an essential role in weight management and SO much more!
While omega-6 is also an essential fatty acid, the western diet is far too heavy in omega-6. Omega-9 is the only type of omega that isn’t essential, meaning that your body can produce it.
Luckily, there are so many great sources for getting omega-3 into your diet.
This blueberry flax seed smoothie is one of our favourite ways of getting flax seeds into our diets. Packed full with blueberries, ground flax seeds, spinach and coconut milk, this superfood smoothie is a delicious way to start the day, and the flax seeds have a great omega-3 to omega-6 ratio.
Managing Caffeine Intake
We all know that caffeine is a stimulant that gives you a quick burst of energy, which is great when you’re feeling a bit sluggish in the morning.
Not so great when this energy disappears just as quickly.
Excess caffeine can leave you feeling anxious and depressed, disrupt your sleep pattern, or give you withdrawal symptoms if you stop consuming it suddenly.
Managing your caffeine intake can be as easy as swapping your usual coffee for herbal tea during the week, and savouring your favourite coffee for a weekend treat!
And if like me you have a sweet tooth, there’s nothing wrong with adding a little unrefined cane sugar or agave syrup to sweeten your tea. All in moderation!
If you follow us on Pinterest, you may have seen our favourite vegan recipes and snacks - good for the mind, good for the soul!
Who doesn’t love a take away now and then?
Over the years, the fake-away has gained popularity for being a healthier alternative to indulging in your favourite takeaways.
As a remote squad, we regularly meet up for co-working days, to celebrate birthdays, or to bond as a team, and more often than not, we end up at Wagamama’s - sometimes thrice in one week (yes, that did happen).
One of my favourite pins on our Vegan Inspo board is the Vegan Spicy Thai Peanut Ramen. The perfect substitute for a trip to Waga’s! Spicy, nutty, sweet and salty, this ramen is a regular choice in our home on a Friday.
This ramen is full of protein and veggies. I like to add some piccolo cherry tomatoes and kale to mine, whereas my fiancée favours adding mushrooms - add as many vegetables as you want!
The Good Stuff
Sometimes, we all need something a bit sweet in our day.
There’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to indulge a little now and then, hey?
One of my favourite Instagrammers, Carly Rowena - a fitness blogger, puts so much emphasis on healthy eating. When I say healthy eating, I don’t mean counting the calories, restricting your diet and the odd cheat day here or there, I mean food that makes you feel good. Food that helps your body do the fantastic things it was built to do.
One of her recent recipes is for a vegan chocolate banana bread - yum!
Made with coconut oil, it’s high in omega-3 and mono-unsaturated fats, which mean it can help to maintain healthy blood cholesterol levels. And with three bananas per loaf, it counts towards your five a day too!
By making small, gradual changes to your daily food habits, you can become *so* much happier and healthier.
We would love to know if you have any recipes that help nourish your mind, body and soul!
Let us know in the comments below.
About the author
Evie Cox is the Virtual Office Manager here at Cone. She loves wearing many hats in her role, with day to day jobs ranging from general office admin, developing graphic content for web and social media, and writing the odd blog here and there.
Evie loves yoga and meditation, being beside the sea, and shares her home office with her DaxiJack pup Rosie!